GEORGETOWN — A rebuilding Georgetown boys basketball team (3-9) hosted a team on a roll in Newburyport last night (8-4), and the results were a furious back-and-forth battle that would end with a Royals’ surprise 66-64 overtime victory.
“I told the guys all year, we’re a puzzle,” said Royals coach Mike Rowinski, whose team lost seven in a row before last night. “The pieces have just not been fitting. There were nights were our big kids did well, but our guards struggled. Then our guards played well, and our big kids struggled. And tonight we put the puzzle together.”
The Royals started the evening off hot with a pair of points from Christian Gesualdi followed by three more from Matt Gott. Newburyport’s Colby Morris sunk a pair next and teammate Ian Michaels tied things up with a 3-pointer of his own, followed by the same from Gesualdi. Royal Angel Sanquintin had two himself before Morris grabbed another three next followed by two from Royal Pat Bjork. The Royals began pulling away after two more from Gott on the way to a 20-10 tally at the end of the first quarter to silence the Newburyport faithful.
The Clippers began hacking away at the Georgetown lead at the start of the second quarter thanks to a pair from Michaels, a point from Caleb Stott, and two more from Morris. The Royals remained strong thanks to a strong defense but the defense could only do so much with a wilting offense as Port outscored Georgetown 16-6 in the quarter headed for a 26-all tie at the half.
Both squads matched each other at the start of the second half until Clipper Dillon Guthro sank a free throw, followed by two from Morris and Gott made a shot in heavy traffic before Morris hit another three, followed by three more from Michaels. Georgetown’s Ben Noelk had a triple himself next, followed by two from Port freshman Dan Baribeault as the Royals kept pace on the way to a 42-41 tally going into the fourth quarter.